U.S. State Department

1:13am

Thu August 8, 2013
Planet Money

Egypt May Not Need Fighter Jets, But The U.S. Keeps Sending Them Anyway

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:51 am

An American F-16 fighter plane arrives at an airbase in Egypt on March 27, 1982.
Foley AP

Every year, the U.S. Congress appropriates more than $1 billion in military aid to Egypt. But that money never gets to Egypt. It goes to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, then to a trust fund at the Treasury and, finally, out to U.S. military contractors that make the tanks and fighter jets that ultimately get sent to Egypt.

The U.S. started sending M1A1 Abrams tanks to Egypt in the late '80s. In all, the U.S. sent more than 1,000 tanks to Egypt since then — valued at some $3.9 billion — which Egypt maintains along with several thousand Soviet-era tanks.

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4:53am

Wed August 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Yemeni Government Says Al-Qaida Plot Was Foiled

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 8:02 am

A Yemeni soldier stands guard Tuesday near Sanaa International Airport.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images
  • From 'Morning Edition': Journalist Iona Craig, in Yemen, talks with NPR's Renee Montagne

4:59am

Tue August 6, 2013
The Two-Way

'Depart Immediately,' State Dept. Tells Americans In Yemen

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:25 am

An army trooper sits beside a machine gun that is mounted on a patrol vehicle at a checkpoint in Sanaa, Yemen. Security is tight in the capital amid warnings about possible terrorist attacks.
Khaled Abdullah Reuters /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Dina Temple-Raston talks with Linda Wertheimer about the terrorism alerts

6:21am

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Terror Threat Shakes Up NSA Debate, Unites Some Lawmakers

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 9:17 am

A checkpoint leading to the closed U.S. Embassy compound in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Saturday.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration's weekend decision to close diplomatic posts from Central Asia through the Middle East and into North Africa has led to applause from "rattled lawmakers in both parties," The Washington Post writes.

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7:14am

Sun August 4, 2013
The Two-Way

State Department Extends Closure Of Embassies

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 2:46 pm

An American flag flies over the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem on Sunday.
Lior Mizrahi Getty Images

Update At 4:40 p.m. ET:

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki says Sunday that the embassy and consulate closures will be extended:

In a statement, Psaki says the decision was taken "out of an abundance of caution" and the it was "not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution ... to protect our employees."

The statement says:

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